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How can I get rid of the search bar at the top? It can't be dragged away or right-clicked. It's separate from FF but it was installed by FF. Windows 10.

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Firefox has installed a search bar at the top of my screen which is taking up space and duplicating the search field inside the FF window. It cannot be moved anywhere, cannot be dragged into the Customise section, does not respond to right-clicking, it's just there, and I hate it. I will uninstall Firefox and move to another browser if I don't find a solution soon. For my sins, I'm on Windows 10. Thanks for any help.

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Thanks, Scribe. Before I read your answer I found the offending search bar program and removed it - it probably wasn't malware but you are right, it had nothing to do directly with Firefox.

Now working on a clean version of Firefox with adblocks etc. (in addition to the usual antivirus programs) and hoping to avoid having to do spot-the-adware again.

Thank you.

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Hi, it could be that malware has added the search bar. So open the Add-ons Manager (Ctrl+Shift+A > Plugins) and see if there is anything search bar related that you don't recognize. if there is, disable it.


You can also try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Note that not all removal programs will detect all malware, so you may need to run several or all of them.

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.


If you still can't get rid of it, please provide us with a screenshot. If you need help to create a screenshot, please see How do I create a screenshot of my problem?

Once you've done this, attach the saved screenshot file to your forum post by clicking the Browse... button below the Post your reply box. This will help us to visualize the problem.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us. Thank you!

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Chosen Solution

Thanks, Scribe. Before I read your answer I found the offending search bar program and removed it - it probably wasn't malware but you are right, it had nothing to do directly with Firefox.

Now working on a clean version of Firefox with adblocks etc. (in addition to the usual antivirus programs) and hoping to avoid having to do spot-the-adware again.

Thank you.